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A Murder Is Announced: A Miss Marple Mystery | [Agatha Christie]

A Murder Is Announced: A Miss Marple Mystery

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Jane Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette that read: "A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6:30 p.m." Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out....
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The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Jane Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette that read: "A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6:30 p.m." Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out....

©1950 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Glutenfreegirl 08-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not my favorite Christie novel"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have listened to Emilia Fox's narration before in Christies's Man in the Brown Suit and liked her voice fine. But in this audio book, Ms Fox's becomes positively shrill and shrieking as she does some of the female voices, which makes for a painful listen. The plot was weak and I had no interest in any of the characters.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Agatha Christie? Why or why not?

    Of course. Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors. Not every book by her is going to be my cup of tea. Everyone has different tastes and preferences.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Myrtle Annandale, Virginia United States 07-10-15
    Myrtle Annandale, Virginia United States 07-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    ""Don't. Have. Money." Incredible narration."
    If you could sum up A Murder Is Announced in three words, what would they be?

    Incredibly camouflaged evil.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the hidden intricacies of English village life, amusingly written and discovering new depths to my own naiveté'... Astounding narration. I simply could not believe the level of detail and style changes done by this one person's voice.


    What does Emilia Fox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Simply the best narrator I have ever had the privilege to hear. Ms. Fox brought each character to life in such a minutely nuanced performance, that I could hardly believe it was the same person speaking. She was hilarious too, with the foreign accent of the housekeeper as well as giving the essence of her hysterical outbursts and rants without making the listener want to skip forward. I specifically sought a book narrated by this person for my next purchase.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me long for more Miss Marple, although I should be listening to more books relevant to my work! Ugh! :-(


    Any additional comments?

    Okay. If Mrs. Christie has committed any crimes, they will never be found out by human means, or even artificial intelligence.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cali United States 12-14-14
    Cali United States 12-14-14
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    "Bring back Rosemary Leach!!!"
    Would you try another book from Agatha Christie and/or Emilia Fox?

    No. Not for Miss Marple.


    What didn’t you like about Emilia Fox’s performance?

    I didn't think any of the female characters were different. And the males weak.


    Any additional comments?

    Rosemary's version is wonderful. I listen to it at lease once a week. I'm lucky to have gotten it as one of my first audible books.

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    jennifer ibarra 06-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrible Narrator"
    Would you listen to A Murder Is Announced again? Why?

    No the narrator's voice was grating and gave me a headache.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot.


    What didn’t you like about Emilia Fox’s performance?

    Emilia Fox's voice is shrill and unpleasant. Her voice triggered a migraine. It was just that bad.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia 03-19-15
    Lydia 03-19-15

    “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    "Emilia Fox helped me to keep characters straight"

    I was able to relax and listen even with the large number of characters. I really liked Bunch, she was memorable. Might try another Miss Marple mystery.

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